Scholarships for Children of Active-duty Police and Firefighters
Below you will find scholarships for children of police and firefighters, but there other scholarships too, read the scholarships for your location carefully.
The Electronic Security Association maintains the Youth Scholarship Program, which will award scholarships to two children of active-duty police officers and firefighters. The first place winner will receive $7,500 to put toward their college education and the second place winner will receive $2,500. Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and an essay titled, “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”
Students who reside in one of the following states must enter their state-level scholarship program to be considered for the national awards:California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada (Clark County Residents Only), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin (check with the state chapter for their deadlines). There is a national deadline of March 29, 2013 for other states.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) offers scholarships to surviving children and to surviving spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. However, scholarships are not awarded to survivors who are entitled to a tuition-free education as a state death benefit.
Application deadlines are three times a year: Summer Semester - due February 27th, Fall Semester - March 31st , Winter/Spring Semester - due September 30th.
The 2013 Wives Behind the Badge Law Enforcement Children’s Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to the children of law enforcement officers. To be eligible you must be a dependent child of a law enforcement officer (full-time active service, retired, or killed in the line of duty), must be a current high school senior or currently attending a community college or 4-year university, must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher (based on a 4.0 system), and must be active in the community through volunteer work.
There are two scholarships of $1000 and $500. This scholarship is expected to open in January 2013 with a deadline in April.
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives offers the Irlet Anderson Scholarship Award. This $5,000 award is offered to a high school senior interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. The deadline is April 1.
STRIVE (Scholarships To Recognize Intelligence Vision And Excellence) is for children of a Law Enforcement Officer (In Active Service, Retired or Killed-In-The-Line-of-Duty). To be eligible you must be must be a graduating high school senior at the time of application submission or be currently enrolled as a full time student attending an accredited University. Applications must be postmarked by February 27th. This is for children of law enforcement personnel in the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin.
W. H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship - For the child of a fire fighter killed in the line of duty
Police Family Survivors Fund Scholarship - The American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens through the Police Family Survivors Fund, awards hundreds of scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year to surviving sons and daughters of police officers killed in the line of duty.
Irlet Anderson Scholarship Award - This one-time ($3,500) award is offered to a graduating high school senior interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. The deadline is April 15th.
Charles L. Gittens Scholarship Award - This one-time ($1,000) award is offered to a graduating high school senior interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. The application must be postmarked no later than April 15th.
Police Officer's And Firefighter's Survivor's Educational Assistance Program -
A grant covering tuition, fees, books and supplies for dependents and eligible spouses of Alabama police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. There is no limit on the amount awarded to recipients. Awards are available for undergraduate study in public institutions in Alabama.
Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship Program Waiver of tuition, fees, and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
If you live in California, check out the Children's Scholarship Program. There are four scholarships (3 for High School Seniors and 1 available for either a Sophmore or Junior in college). Students are eligible if their parent participates in the California Law Enforcement Association (CLEA) disability plan. The deadline is April 1, 2013.
Another scholarship for Californians is the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation, John F. Duffy Scholarship/Grant Program. It’s for dependents of California officers who have died in the line of duty. The deadline is June 1, 2013. They offer four different types of scholarships:
- $2000 for trade schools
- $3000 for two year colleges
- $4000 for four year colleges
- $2500 for graduate school
The Women Peace Officers Association of California Scholarship (WPOA) is for students interested in a career in law enforcement and the community at large. You can attend college or vocational schools in the United States. The deadline is April 15, 2013. Scholarships are given in order of preference to:
- Members of WPOA who are continuing their education/training
- Immediate family members of WPOA members
- Community members interested in law enforcement who are not members of WPOA
The County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship Program offers 29 $500 scholarships and one $1500 scholarships to residents of Colorado. Every year they alternate the eligible counties, so check if your county is eligible. The deadline is February 28, 2013.
The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association Scholarship program is for members of a fire department, ladies auxiliary or EMS affiliated with the Deleware Volunteer Firefighters Association. The deadline is March 31, 2013.
The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund, Inc. awards the Jeff Annas Memorial Scholarship (click on Benevolent Scholarship Application). There are eight (8), five hundred dollar ($500) scholarships and one (1) one thousand dollar ($1,000). You must be graduating from a public, private or home school within Palm Beach County and entering college as a full-time student. The deadline is in late April.
The Illinois Sheriff's Association Scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications. The deadline is March 15, 2013. Each participating county receives at least one $500 scholarship so there are many winners.
The Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship provides free tuition to children of active Chicago firefighters and police officers who are accepted at the University of Chicago. Recipients are guaranteed full tuition for four years of undergraduate studies.
The Andrew P. Winzenread Scholarship Fund is available to all high school seniors who are children of Indiana State Police Officers and who intend to pursue post-secondary education. To participate, you must write an essay. The deadline for submission is in late February.
If you live in Western Massachusetts, check out the John DiNapoli Memorial Charitable Scholarship. It was established in memory of John DiNapoli who served as a police officer in the city of Holyoke. You must be a Hampden County high school senior (preference will be given to residents of Holyoke). The deadline for submission is March 31st.
If you live in Missouri, check out the John Dennis Scholarship. It was established in honor of former Scott County Sheriff John Dennis. The $1,000 grant is given to 16 college-bound Missouri high school seniors interest in a a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university. The deadline is January 31, 2013.
The Dearborn Ranch Scholarship for Children of Montana Highway Patrol Officers is for children of an active uniformed officer of the Montana Highway Patrol. The deadline is March 15, 2013.
If you live in New Jersey, you may qualify for the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Scholarship, the deadline for that is March 1 and October 1, 2013 (the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Scholarship can cover up to the cost of attendance, less other scholarships, grants, benefits and other assistance). Also see the Survivor Tuition Benefits, which assists dependent children and surviving spouses of New Jersey firefighters, emergency workers and law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.
The O'Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in memory of two fallen Nyack police officers to support young people interested in a career in law enforcement. High schools students who reside in Rockland County are eligible for the scholarship. The deadline is April 15th.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Foundation awards three scholarships to seniors who will be continuing their education in South Carolina. The deadline is February 15, 2013. The awards are:
- One $5,000 Scholarship
- One $2,000 Scholarship
- One $2,000 Scholarship for the student of an SCLEOA member
If you live in Texas, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas offers several scholarships. The scholarships are awarded in the Spring and Fall of each year. The spring deadline is March 1st and the Fall deadline is October 15th.
Wisconsin (and parts of Michigan)
Wisconsin Professional Police Association Scholarship Program is for residents of Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who wish to enroll in a degree in police science, criminal justice, or a law enforcement-related field. The deadline is February 1, 2013.
The Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association (WSFA) offers a Fire Science Scholarship. It is students interested in continuing their education in the fire service. Priority will be given first to those applications that are members of the WSFA in good standing. The deadline is February 1, 2013.
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